- capacity for rapid acceleration.
- acceleration; increase in speed.
- Also called pickup truck . a small truck with a low-sided open body, used for deliveries and light hauling.
- the act of receiving sound waves in the transmitting set in order to change them into electrical waves.
- a receiving or recording device.
- the place from which a broadcast is being transmitted.
- interference (def. 4).
- the change of light energy into electrical energy in a television camera.
- camera tube.
- a telecast made directly from the scene of an action.
Origin of pickup
Words nearby pickup
How to use pickup in a sentence
While his daily trash pickups are mostly a one-man mission, “I would love to see more people do it,” he said.
The driver of the pickup truck suffered what police called non-life-threatening injuries.Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid involved in car accident that injured two children|Mark Maske|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
“AAU, high school, pickup games — we’ve always been there,” Morsell’s mom said.Darryl Morsell’s parents attended his first 97 Maryland games. The pandemic ended the streak.|Emily Giambalvo|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
According to a company spokesperson it’s no longer offering that promotion, though pickup is offered at a reduced rate for merchants.Restaurants Avoiding Big Delivery Apps Have to Get Creative|Kristen Hawley|February 1, 2021|Eater
He said that when in-person dining was closed, the bar’s “operations continued by ramping up pickup and delivery options.”Business owners adapt again as indoor dining returns to D.C.|Evan Caplan|January 25, 2021|Washington Blade
It was neither the best nor worst pickup line I encountered that evening.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But some of his pickup methods might actually be criminal, according to the state of Nevada.
In his response, Cook spoke sensitively about the very real danger present in the general pickup community.
He was still working on his pickup technique, and felt there was nothing for him at university.
It combines pickup techniques supposedly inspired by evolutionary psychology with self-help pseudoscience.
The "time-machine" came to rest with a soft jar and a crashing of broken bushes that was audible through the sound pickup.Flight From Tomorrow|Henry Beam Piper
He raised his hand and waved to the news car, and when it swung its pickup around, he waved again.Space Viking|Henry Beam Piper
It was inserted as a memorial to Samuel and Elizabeth Pickup.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Manchester|Thomas Perkins
The airjeep with the pickup circled back; the troops on the road and in the adjoining fields had broken.
Lieutenant Kalanang's jeep was hit; Lieutenant Vermaas is cutting in his pickup on the same wavelength.
British Dictionary definitions for pickup
- a stop to collect passengers, goods, etc
- the people or things collected
Other Idioms and Phrases with pickup
Lift, take up by hand, as in Please pick up that book from the floor. [Early 1300s]
Collect or gather, as in First they had to pick up the pieces of broken glass.
Tidy, put in order, as in Let's pick up the bedroom, or I'm always picking up after Pat. [Mid-1800s]
Take on passengers or freight, as in The bus picks up commuters at three stops.
Acquire casually, get without great effort or by accident. For example, I picked up a nice coat at the sale, or She had no trouble picking up French. This usage is even extended to contracting diseases, as in I think I picked up the baby's cold. [Early 1500s]
Claim, as in He picked up his laundry every Friday.
Buy, as in Please pick up some wine at the store on your way home.
pick up the bill or check or tab. Accept a charge in order to pay it, as in They always wait for us to pick up the tab. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Increase speed or rate, as in The plane picked up speed, or The conductor told the strings to pick up the tempo.
Gain, as in They picked up five yards on that pass play.
Take into custody, apprehend, as in The police picked him up for burglary. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Make a casual acquaintance with, especially in anticipation of sexual relations, as in A stranger tried to pick her up at the bus station. [Slang; late 1800s]
Come upon, find, detect, as in The dog picked up the scent, or They picked up two submarines on sonar, or I can't pick up that station on the car radio.
Resume, as in Let's pick up the conversation after lunch.
Improve or cause to improve in condition or activity, as in Sales picked up last fall, or He picked up quickly after he got home from the hospital, or A cup of coffee will pick you up. [1700s]
Gather one's belongings, as in She just picked up and left him.
pick oneself up. Recover from a fall or other mishap, as in Jim picked himself up and stood there waiting. [Mid-1800s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with pick up.